Jane Hayes is a visual artist with a recognised Young People, Children and Education (YPCE) participatory practice. Since returning to Ireland in 2016, Jane has been commissioned by and collaborated with numerous arts, cultural and educational organisations to created projects, resources and creative encounters for young people. These projects include; the National Council for Curriculum & Assessment’s ‘Making connections with practice’ 2020, the Hunt Museum’s ‘Play for Toddlers’ 2017–2020, Baboró International Arts festival for Children 2018 & 2019 festival programmes’ arts-in-education resource commission, and the Department of Education and Skills 2017/2018 ‘What Big Eyes You’ve Got’ collaboration.
Jane is committed to delivering artistic encounters that are rich, meaningful and of high artistic quality. Aided by an Arts Council of Ireland’s Agility Award, she is currently investigating new ways of bringing visual art to toddlers. Visual art for early years audiences often focuses on multisensory interaction & participation, and Jane is questioning this, while researching and developing alternatives that are still child- centered and engage that particular audience and their adults in a meaningful way. A graduate in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art (2013), Jane explores and communicates through; large-scale painting and drawing, playful sculptures that often involve found objects, digital and analogue collage, projection using objects, found images and original photography. She also has a strong background in printmaking and artist book making. Natural objects, children’s toys and strong colours are reocurring motiefs in her work. Jane is currently exploring her identity as woman/mother/artist and connections, if any, to her work for early years. Jane has been a Creative Associate with Creative Schools since it’s launch in 2018 & was recently appointed to Helium Arts’ artist panel. Jane is now a studio-based member of Sample Studios in Cork City. In addition, the artist has given a number of talks on YPCE best practice and related topics, and is a peer panelist for the Arts Council of Ireland.